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Drummer Walter Ritchie VC

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Drummer Walter Ritchie 2nd Seaforth Highlanders wins the Victoria Cross for gallantry at the Battle of the Somme, France, 1st July 1916.

During the 2nd Seaforth attack on the first day of the Somme No 68 Drummer Walter Ritchie, from Glasgow, was awarded the Victoria Cross.

His citation reads:

“For most conspicuous bravery and resource North of Beaumont Hamel, France, on 1st July 1916, when, on his own initiative, he stood on the parapet of the enemy trench, and, under heavy machine gun fire and bomb attacks, repeatedly sounded the “Charge”, thereby rallying many men of various units who, having lost their leaders, were wavering and beginning to retire.  This action showed the highest type of courage and personal initiative.  Throughout the day Drummer Ritchie carried messages over fire-swept ground, showing the greatest devotion to duty.”

(London Gazette 9th September 1916) 

Died in Edinburgh in 1965, aged 73